Tag: classroom environment
“Miss, is this right?”
If I had a dollar for every time a student asked me “Miss, is this right?”… How do we help to address this need for feedback without running ourselves ragged? I came up with a few different strategies this year but the key was enforcing the. Let’s get into them.
First Day Student Names
Ever know someone who just can’t seem to remember your name? Maybe they call you by the wrong name or maybe they mispronounce your name all the time? Doesn’t feel good, does it? I didn’t want that for the students in my class. It was important, and respectful to get to know their names as…
Flexible Grouping Strategies
I started hearing the term “flexible grouping” a few years ago. It was a new concept for me, since I had been taught to group heterogeneously and pull out as needed. I certainly changed up my groups often and switched from groups of 3 to 4 to 6 to 2 as I thought best fit…
Building Relationships with Parents and Stakeholders
Parents want to be involved. These strategies can help you to harness the power of families by giving them ways to support their students.
Welcome Activities for the New School Year!
Fun, engaging, welcoming and insightful activities for the first day of school! Your planning is done! ✅
As we look forward to a new school year, now is the time to consider classroom rituals and routines. How do you want your classroom to run next year? What should kids do when they get to your class? How do you expect them to hand in work? What should they do when they have…
Math = Noise
There is a ton of research that shows students learn best in a collaborative environment. Acquiring knowledge is more effective and productive when you can discuss the work in a group of peers. Some may understand the work better than you, so they can explain it to you. Others may not understand as well, so…
Spring means your last chance to obtain data to inform your teaching.
What’s special about these last weeks is that we still have an opportunity to gather student input. A simple questionnaire, google form or survey monkey could give us incredible insight into how our students feel about these changes, or even the changes they would suggest. Plus, kids love to give their input!! They would love…
Is Music a Good Classroom Manager?
Can music help to establish expectations in the classroom?